Tagore's Legacy Lives On: 5 Unmissable Indian Films To Watch

Farzana Patowari

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162 years after his birth and 82 years after his demise, Rabindranath Tagore’s legacy continues to inspire people around the world. On the month of his birth anniversary, we’ve listed a volley of must-watch Indian movies, inspired by the works of the iconic Bengali wordsmith:

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Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish (2012)The movie, which is loosely based on Tagore's play Chitra, portrays the tale of a queer couple who face societal wrath, owing to their identities.The law forbids Rudra and Partho from adopting a child, in spite of their love for one another. Rudra eventually decided to undergo a sex-change surgery to fulfil the couple's dreams of adopting a child.

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Laboratory (2018)Based on a short story of the same name, Laboratory opens with Tagore's vision for the  future of India. Nandakishore Mallik, an engineer with the Indian Railways, envisions a country where scientists can conduct their research without constraints

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Noukadubi/Kashmakash (2010)Based on the eponymous 1906 novel by Tagore, the film is directed by Rituparno Ghosh and centers on the life of Ramesh, a law student who is forced to wed Susheela, the daughter of a widow, despite his feelings for his existing lover.

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Darbaan (2020)Tagore's 1918 short tale Khokababur Pratyabartan served as the inspiration for the movie. The story revolves around the friendship between Naren, the child of a mining baron, and his carer Raicharan, who are on different social and economic rungs.

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Bioscopewala (2017)The film is set in the 1980s and is an adaptation — or more accurately, an extension — of Rabindranath Tagore's 1892 short story Kabuliwala. ioscopewala has also changed the profession of Rehmat, the main character, from a dry fruit vendor to a man,who travels around showing films to children through his bioscope.